Engineered Hardwood versus Solid Hardwood Flooring

engineered hardwoodSolid hardwood is just that... a solid piece of wood ranging from 1/2" to 3/4" thick. It comes in various species ranging from oak, maple and hickory, and more exotic species like acacia or Brazilian cherry. You can refinish solid hardwood a few times. An engineered hardwood, depending on how thick the veneer is, can only be buffed and recoated. If the veneer is thick enough, you can get one sand and refinish out of engineered hardwood. Engineered wood flooring looks remarkably like solid wood. Its construction is a relatively thin layer of hardwood veneer bonded over a high-quality plywood substrate. A hardwood veneer gives the same natural beauty and look like solid hardwood but typically comes with a lower price point.

Engineered hardwood construction has durable, high-performance qualities.

Its construction consists of multi-layered staggered wood or a high-density fiber core. It tends to range between 3/8" to 3/4" thick. The core helps prevent cupping and helps keep the planks from expanding as much as a hardwood floor might in high humidity areas. So, you can enjoy engineered wood in a basement. Just make sure you have a protective moisture barrier or use a proper adhesive when installing.

Same as solid wood, engineered wood is available in various styles like maple, hickory, oak and more. The finishes are available in matte, semi-gloss and high gloss. Both engineered, and solid hardwoods come in various surface effects such as hand-scraped, distressed or wire brushed. Are you looking for an eye-catching, durable floor? You can't go wrong with an engineered hardwood floor.

Caring for engineered wood is easy.

Remove dirt and dust daily by sweeping, dust mopping and vacuuming. If you use a vacuum, make sure to raise the beater bar to prevent possible scratching. To mop, spray a mist of water or hardwood cleaner on a microfiber mop pad until it's damp. Whatever you do, make sure it is not dripping wet.

Engineered hardwood can last a lifetime depending on the thickness of the veneer top layer, the flooring's quality, how well you keep your floors maintained, and how durable the wood species is. The quality and upkeep determine the longevity of any floor in your home.

Engineered hardwood adds performance, style, and value to your home. Call or visit your local Creative Carpet & Flooring to learn more about engineered hardwood flooring options for your home today!

Creative Carpet & Flooring Mokena & HighlandAutumn Sibo (Flooring Consultant)

Autumn is a new face to Creative Carpet & Flooring, but definitely not new to the flooring industry. Autumn has over 10 years of flooring experience in addition to cabinet design and other design work. Autumn helps her clients make their design vision become a reality. She loves a design challenge of tying colors and patterns that normally would not be something you would put together! Visit Autumn at our Highland, Indiana showroom with help making your design visions come to life.

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